Saturday, May 19, 2007

Another Crazy Week

Just another crazy week.

School has about wound down. Life, as always, is full of surprises. Situation normal, I guess.

In between the craziness, I did manage to finish the border for Pam's round robin. I ran out of the red print I was using for the chained border and ran back to the LQS to get some more. Easy, right? Only there wasn't any left. After a frantic search through every depression print fat quarter and every even remotely red-looking bolt of fabric, I was nearly in despair. Luckily, though, someone thought to go through the bags of scraps and found me a 4 x 20 piece which was big enough to make the final square. Et voila!

I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. These are not my colors, but I think the border looks right with the rest of the quilt. I hope Pam is happy with it!

Part of what has kept me sane this week is this book--The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth Von Arnim. I saw the movie on video several years ago and loved it. I think it starred Miranda Richardson and Joan Plowright. It's one of those "little" movies that never got much attention, at least around here. I searched for the book at the time but it was out of print. Amazon. com must have been reading my mind, or at least my secret longing, because a month or so ago it let me know the book had been republished. (Kind of scary, the way it knows me, isn't it?) I haven't gotten very far into it because 10 pages a night is about all I can handle before I fall asleep, but it is definitely worth reading if you can find it.

It's about a group of four British women in the 1920's who answer this ad in The Times agony column:
To Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine. Small mediaeval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let Furnished for the month of April. Necessary servants remain. Z, Box 1000, The Times.

Imagine reading THAT on a cold, wet February day in London.

Von Armin's writing is knife-sharp. How come I've never heard of her before?

What with everything that has been going on around here, I haven't had a chance to do much blog reading this week, nor have I replied to the really nice comments people left on my last post. Thank you for those, by the way! Tomorrow I'm going to catch up on what everybody has been up to this week.

13 comments:

atet said...

Those borders turned out perfectly. They really do add to the quilt.

Glad to hear things are getting back to normal for you. Enjoy catching up!

meggie said...

I love that border, makes the quilt!

That book does sound interesting, & I love the artwork on the cover.

Ms. Jan said...

The round robin is just perfect--glad to see the finished project. Also, thanks for the book review. I'm always looking for the next good read. =)

Jane Ann said...

I too loved the movie and will look for the book. Thanks for the review.

ruth said...

The borders look beautiful!

Libby said...

The border is just right - looks like a quilt that was planned this way from the very beginning *s*

McIrish Annie said...

I saw the movie "enchanted April" (anything english really)Loved it! may need to read the book which is generally better than the movie.

Quilt Nut said...

oh i love the borders! i think they really finish off the quilt. its beautiful

Patti said...

Your border is perfect for the quilt!

I love that movie. My daughter found it first and introduced me to it. I'll have to hunt for the book so we can both read it.

Belém said...

I is a magnific quilt. I love the colors. The reds plays wonderful with the caramel and the softgreen.

Deb Geyer said...

The round robin quilt is lovely. I love the design that you added to it.

I know what you mean about Amazon knowing you so well. They know me so well it is creepy!

Darlene said...

The quilt is stunning - you were meant to find that fabric. Whew!

Marsaili said...

I love the movie Enchanted April, I think it was a Merchant/Ivory movie-they did a lot of period films with marvelous British actresses and actors that I could just watch over and over again. I'll have to find the book! Your borders look perfect, what a nice job!